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Issues linger at The View

Goldenberg Development Group bought the property in 2008 for $10.75 million and constructed The View. Aaron Windhorst |TTN
Goldenberg Development Group bought the property in 2008 for $10.75 million and constructed The View. Aaron Windhorst |TTN

The View at Montgomery, the new 14-floor, suite-style apartment building on 12th and Montgomery streets, filled all available 832 beds for this semester, but the building is still hindered by some maintenance and security issues.

The building began leasing in January and continued until August. Mark Caltabiano, general manager of The View, said the building reached its maximum occupancy by move-in day, with tenants ranging from freshman to Ph.D. students.

Kaitlin Cornelius, an undecided student in the School of Media and Communication living in The View, said she has yet to sign in one of her guests.

“They just come in with me,” Cornelius said. “It’s really [relaxed]. With the way it’s set up I can just walk straight to the elevators and they don’t really ask me anything. I guess if I can walk in like that, anyone can.”

“The elevators take way too long,” said Jon Han, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. Han said Saturday that two of the building’s four elevators were out of service.

The apartments were also advertised as fully equipped with a gym and game room.

“They promised a 24-hour game room,” said Brendan Malm, an undeclared freshman in the Fox School of Business and resident at the View at Montgomery. “I went to ask them about it and they showed me to a little part of the sky lounge with four computers. That’s the game room.”

Prices this semester ranged from $745 to $925 per month, with the exception of the exclusive studio apartments which went for approximately $1,400 per month, Caltabiano said.

 The building has an 11,000-square-foot lobby and hosts two restaurants: Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Chipotle, that latter of which has not yet opened.

“There are two remaining spaces [for businesses] which we’re actively working to lease up,” said Kevin M. Trapper, development director of The View and senior vice president of Goldenberg Development Group. “We have several prospects … but until the lease is signed we’re not at liberty to say who they are,” Trapper said.

Goldenberg Group purchased the land in 2008 for $10.75 million, in partnership with the community development department of the Bright Hope Baptist Church across the street from the property. The block was formerly home to the John Wanamaker Middle School.

“There was never any set plan for [the land] other than that it may be student housing and there would certainly be a community aspect to it,” Trapper said. “The View at Montgomery is just the first phase of the plan. The remainder of the ground we still own and we’re now starting to work on what develops there in the future.”

Trapper declined to disclose what future developments are being planned, saying, “right now we’re looking at all possibilities. It will roll into the community and also what benefits the university.”

Nathalie Swann can be reached at nathalie.swann@temple.edu

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